Observations of Powerful Owls, Dandenong Ranges near Melbourne

Subject: Observations of Powerful Owls, Dandenong Ranges near Melbourne
From: "Euan Fothergill" <>
Date: Tue, 17 Jun 2003 21:00:33 +1000

I wonder if a bite sized koala would fight back quite as hard as a fully grown brushy, I suspect that unless as you say they are taken by surprise, a brushy is too big for them. More likely your second theory, of chasing away a potential predator.

Regards Euan


>From: Lawrie Conole <>
>To: Laurie Living <>
>CC: birding-aus <>, Geoff <>, Ian Rainbow <>, Graham Beal <>, Euan Fothergill <>, Keith Johnson <>, Ken Harris <>, Mark Fanthorpe <>
>Subject: Re: [BIRDING-AUS] Observations of Powerful Owls, Dandenong Ranges near Melbourne
>Date: Tue, 17 Jun 2003 09:33:05 +1000
>Laurie Living wrote:
>>Now while this might seem like 'meals on wheels' brought right to
>>the door, it seems that brushies are not as much of a treat as
>>gliders or ring-tailed possums and I have seldom seen them in the
>>clutches of daily roosting Powerful Owls. And perhaps the owl had
>>just been satisfied with some better food [and sex] from the male.
>>Any comment?
>Hi Laurie
>In the Brisbane Ranges west of Melbourne, Powerful Owls have been
>seen to grab the odd young Koala ("young on back" sized morsel). So
>I think brushies are well within the target culinary range, but no
>doubt something of a handful if not taken by surprise. The other
>matter is that brushies are known nestling/egg predators, so the owl
>may have been seeing off what it saw as a potential threat to its
>young - as opposed to lunch turned down!
>Lawrie Conole
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